Mid-Humber Gap meeting

There’s been a lot of exciting news in Weston lately, and here’s one project I’m particularly thrilled about: The Mid-Humber Gap multi-use recreational trail project.

As a cyclist, in a community with rich cycling history (Weston was the home of CCM Bicycles), and with growing cycling enthusiasm among neighbours, this project can’t come soon enough. And this project isn’t just for cyclists… it’s for everyone who walks, jogs, wheels their way along the banks of the Humber River.

The first public consultation event will be held virtually on June 10th from 6:30-8:30pm, registration required. Participants should visit the project web page or this link to register.

Fixing the gap ought to create a seamless journey from the current north end staircase of the trail (near Weston & St Phillips) to Jane Crawford Memorial Park (about 1 block west of the Real Canadian Superstore). And it could be a lasting legacy to this community and everyone who lives near the Humber River trails. It will make our green spaces more accessible and provide affordable transportation options for generations.

7 thoughts on “Mid-Humber Gap meeting”

  1. A nice, healthy perk for the region, and future generations, too.

    Sweet deal.

    Now, my only complaint with this additional cycling path advancement is this: Riders without a simple, bike bell.

    Almost every cyclist anywhere & everywhere I go (including our Humber River valley paths) sadly falls into this category: despite looking like very stylish & able “Giro Italia” riders, not one of you seems to own a bicycle bell that’d warn any & all of us pathetic mortals that you are in the vicinity, and are just about to have the living crap scared out of us!!!

    This observation comes from a long time rider, now only more senior – who outfits every bike ever owned with a bike bell, wonderfully simple these days.

    But, I get a better bang for my exercise buck by walking & hiking more these days. Harder to cheat.

    As pedestrians, if we suddenly make one false move on these shared paths not knowing you’ve snuck up on us, we’re going to sustain major injury – all because most cyclists are too intensely involved with their work outs to care about someone less athletic enjoying the day, too.

    It’s an annoyance and potentially, very dangerous as you weave & thread the needle on the shared paths.

    Pedestrians are goofy at the best of times. And, you’re on a vehicle that most often blows past faster than the posted speed limit, of 20 kmph.

    It’s gonna hurt.

    Personally, I’ve taken to walking on the side of the path facing traffic, to avoid another “surprise attack,” from behind.

    So please, if you’d be so kind ninja cyclists, check with your fancy pants equipment suppliers, and then order & purchase that teeny-weeny bike bell to match your colourful outfits.

    It’s cheap & charming, too.
    Invaluable safety equipment for about $5, tops.

    And then, use it..
    in advance of your encroachment, please.

    Hey, it also works for most unaware drivers, too!

    Seriously, with a bell you might just avoid getting doored, again. And, it’d be a shame to test your helmet & gymnast skills on that fateful day.

    So, how ‘bout it?

    A couple of good “flicks” will do the trick.
    We’ll hear ya.
    Trust me.

    And, we’ll most likely thank you..
    with a smile, too!

    (Way more fun than barking at each other, stupidly.)

    1. There’s a lot of wisdom and experience in your comment, thank you for posting it.

      I’m a proud bell ringer, but I use it judiciously…the staff at Cycle TO tell me that two of the top complaints about cyclists on shared trails are: Cyclists don’t ring their bells! and Cyclists ring their bells! (Lol)

      That said, my principle is ‘never surprise a pedestrian’. So sometimes I ring my bell, sometimes I say ‘G’morning!’, sometimes I say ‘on your left’. And when I pass saying ‘Thanks’ …virtually every pedestrian says ‘Your welcome!’ (That shouldn’t surprise me but it always does).

      Thanks again for your comment, it was as enjoyable as it was informative.

  2. Thanks for understanding.

    As hard as it may to believe, it wasn’t necessarily directed to you, personally. It was more for the totally self-centred & selfish amongst us everywhere, with hopes of making them more aware of the inherent danger at any given time as they speed by unsuspecting foot soldiers.

    Frankly, I’m pleased that you’re keen & conscientious about your outings and mindful about caring & sharing the terrain in the valley – which are large sidewalks, really.

    And, you’re right about real simple human decency out there – it pleasantly surprises me each and ever time, too!

    Go figure. You can almost take that positive exchange & interaction to the bank. And, it feels good doesn’t it.

    I really want to believe that good manners will never go out of style. And, that it’s a likely a simple stepping stone to much better relations, in general.

    Anyway..
    Happy trails, sir.
    Heads up & stay well.

  3. During this pandemic I been doing lots of walking along the Humber trail, I walked even as far from Weston to Bloor. But I have to agree that speeding cyclists with no bell ringing gets on my nerves. A few years ago I was even sideswipe by a cyclist on the sidewalk on Lawrence with no apology given. It would be nice separate lanes for cyclists and walkers.

  4. I’m fine with bike bells but find blaring music from speakers as one rides a very obnoxious habit.

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